Sunday, March 24, 2013

[TSS] What I'm doing when I'm not reading

 It's been about a month since my last "What I'm doing when I'm not reading" post, so I thought I'd update all of you on my non-reading activities.  Perhaps I'll make this a monthly series!

As usual, one of the main things I've been doing when I'm not reading is listening to podcasts.  One of the more recent ones I've subscribed to is PRI's Science podcast.  It is not on very regularly (at least not over the past few months), but it's hosted by this awesome woman in Boston, Rhitu Chatterjee, and she finds stories from all over the world to share with her listeners.  My favorite story from the most recent podcast is about children in Kolkata slums who are taking action to bring positive change to their community.  They are going to be featured on a PBS documentary in June called The Revolutionary Optimists, which sounds fantastic.  Here's a little snippet of what they're doing:

Isn't it so cool?  I think so.

Chatterjee also did a documentary about changing gender roles in India, focusing on a 12-year-old tomboy in rural Rajasthan, Sarita.  Sarita is the youngest of three sisters and wishes desperately for a brother so that she can be certain her parents will be taken care of later in life.  There's a full article and podcast about Sarita here, but below is a video of her life in her own words and pictures. 

She's a very charismatic kid!

And that's what I'm doing when I'm not reading - what about you?


  1. I am SO addicted to podcasts! I have recently been delving into the BBC Radio 4 listings - good stuff there, too!

    1. Ooh, I don't know any of the BBC ones except for world news - so much more to explore!

  2. I've never gotten into podcasts, but some of them sound so freaking interesting.

  3. I haven't yet been bitten by the podcast bug; maybe that will be my next phase... I did yardwork all day today and yesterday and am about to sit back down and relax with my book(s). I will start a 6 week subbing job tomorrow - wish me smooth sailing! :) Have a lovely week.

  4. Honestly, I have forgotten what I meant to say, I have tried to open this page for 20 min, internet is sloooooq

  5. Sarita's story is so much of an eye opener.

  6. I haven't listened to that podcast but I will be checking it out soon!

  7. I've never listened to podcasts...I guess I spend too much time listening to audio books. :)

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  8. Wow, this is an incredible story. Children like these will change the world. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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